Dynamics of a Social Language Learning Community Beliefs, Membership and Identity Author: Jo Mynard, Michael Burke, Daniel Hooper, Bethan Kushida, Phoebe Lyon, Ross Sampson, Phillip Taw

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31 Aug 2020
Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching
Multilingual Matters
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This book provides an in-depth exploration of psychological phenomena affecting language learning within a social learning space. Drawing on the literature from identity in second language learning, communities of practice and learner beliefs, in conjunction with other individual difference factors, it uncovers perceptions and assumptions that language learners have of the space and how they affect their relationship with it and the people within it. Readers will gain a greater understanding of how psychological phenomena shape a space and how a learning space can contribute to a wider learning ecology. This book will appeal to researchers interested in language learning beyond the classroom and psychological aspects of language acquisition, as well as to practitioners and professionals who are supporting learners outside the classroom.


A compelling example of spaces transformed into places for learning through the interaction of individuals whose complex identities shape their choices and actions. This is an invaluable resource for educators, administrators and researchers committed to creating and exploring innovative environments that support classroom practice by fostering out-of-class learning.

- Garold Murray, Freelance Language Consultant, Japan

This book goes beyond a collection of research papers related to self-access or self-directed learning spaces – it will be a useful guide for those interested in enhancing or transforming their learning spaces into a social learning community. It provides the reader with a complete and comprehensive presentation of social learning spaces dynamics and the diversity of phenomena that emerge within these environments.

- Adelia Peña Clavel, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

It is refreshing to see a book on language learners and their experiences that actually takes the learners’ voices as the starting point. This book gives fascinating insights into the psychological realities of the language learning journey and provides us with important directions for future practice and research.

- Hayo Reinders, Anaheim University, USA

Author Biography:

The authors are all researchers working at Kanda University of International Studies, Japan. The research team is led by Jo Mynard, Professor and Director of the Self Access Learning Center. The co-authors, Michael Burke, Daniel Hooper, Bethan Kushida, Phoebe Lyon, Ross Sampson and Phillip Taw, are all lecturers within the English Language Institute at the university.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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